Formula 1 will return to Hockenheim after a year’s absence for ostensibly for the final running of the event, with the contract expiring following the conclusion of this season. Pirelli has nominated the Ultrasoft, Soft and Medium compounds – electing to make a non-linear selection by skipping the Supersoft tyre.
Championship leaders Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes have opted for seven sets of the ultrasoft for both of their entries, but have split picks of the harder compounds. Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will receive an extra medium set, while Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen will do with just one set of the hardest available compound – but will have five sets of the softs to their respective teammates’ four.
Most drivers will have just one or two sets of Medium tyres – Sauber’s Charles Leclerc is the exception on three.
Renault has made the most aggressive choice by selecting 10 sets of Ultrasoft tyres, meaning Carlos Sainz Jr. has just one set of Softs, compared to five for Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen.